10/28/2013 at 04:45 PM EDT
Just call it The Do-Good Wife.
and the cast and crew of The Good Wife
teamed up with St. Bernard Project – a non-profit organization that helps disaster victims repair the extreme damage to their homes – donated $77,185 to the charity and rolled up their sleeves to do some hands–on work.
"All of us on the east coast remember that terrible day and the aftermath of its devastation," said Margulies, 47, standing with costars Chris Noth and Josh Charles outside of Sandy victim Margaret McNulty's home in Rockaway Park, N.Y., on Saturday. "One year later communities are still suffering."
McNulty's home, with the entire basement and first floor destroyed by Sandy flood waters, was just one of 6 homes the cast helped fix up that afternoon.
Dressed in jeans and work gear the stars were drilling and hammering away inside, with the help of professionals, of course. "I'm handy-ish," wisecracked Margulies, whose series will air its 100th episode in December, "I can drill. But Chris is awesome at lifting the dry wall."
Added the star, "Maybe this will rub off on other shows that shoot in New York. This city has a great TV community. Our show just wanted to give back because we have so much."
Aside from the hard labor, The Good Wife
, along with the show's production company, raised $77,185 to go towards other victims like McNulty.
"I've always been a Good Wife
fan," said McNulty, a teacher. "But especially now! I'm so overwhelmed that these stars took the time out of their lives to come here."
The Good Wife
airs Sundays at 9 ET on CBS.